Stepping onto the global stage with electrifying anticipation, AEW is on the brink of etching its name in international wrestling history as they prepare for their inaugural international showcase on August 27 in London. The majestic Wembley Stadium is poised to be the reverberating canvas for AEW’s awe-inspiring All In pay-per-view event, a spectacle that has been the crescendo of eager anticipation. With just a solitary match officially announced for the event, the fervor and momentum surrounding it have ascended to soaring heights, capturing the imagination of wrestling enthusiasts far and wide. The latest revelation surrounding this event echoes with astonishment as it is unveiled that the ticket sales for All In have outpaced the most attended incarnation of WWE’s grand extravaganza – WrestleMania.
Casting our minds back to the annals of wrestling history, we find ourselves at the threshold of WWF WrestleMania 3, an iconic chapter etched in 1987. This monumental event, enshrined as the fourth most-attended wrestling spectacle of all time, took center stage at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan. The marquee showdown between wrestling titans Hulk Hogan and André the Giant headlined the event, leaving an indelible mark. The purported ticket sales for this momentous gathering stand at 93,173, as claimed by the company; however, the true number is thought to hover somewhere in the realm of 78,000. In a twist of fate that speaks volumes about AEW’s rising prowess, the echoes of Wrestling Observer’s revelations resound – All In has transcended the 78K threshold and continues its ascent towards capturing even more attention.
With three weeks to go until the grand spectacle unfurls at the iconic Wembley Stadium, the anticipation only builds. The prevailing momentum seems poised to shatter yet another record – that of WWE’s highest-attended event in its storied legacy. Reflecting on the echelons of time, we find ourselves transported back to WrestleMania 32, a monumental event that attracted a gathering of 82,000 fervent fans at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas in 2016. The titular clash between Roman Reigns and Triple H headlined the spectacle, culminating in The Big Dog’s resounding triumph over The Game. While the apex positions are reserved for the two-night extravaganza of WCW/NJPW in 1995, the very essence of these records reverberates in AEW’s pursuit.
Presently, the spotlight is fixated on the extraordinary event, its main event match between the stellar competitors MJF and Adam Cole serving as the catalyst for these remarkable achievements. Yet, the narrative is far from complete; the passage of time holds within its folds the promise of more contests to be announced, and with them, the potential for further accomplishments. All In, a groundbreaking endeavor that marked the inception of AEW, was initially set in motion by the visionary pioneers of The Elite and Cody Rhodes, in the heart of Illinois. This inception was a harbinger of the Jacksonville-based wrestling juggernaut that would come to be known as AEW, a testament to their audacity and foresight.